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Western Bowerbird

(Ptilonorhynchus [Chlamydera] guttata)
Alternate name(s): "Guttated Bowerbird"
Size: 25-29 cm
Weight: 120-150 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Western Bowerbird at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "guttata"

ADULT

MALE

Close-up frontal portrait of an adult Western Bowerbird (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Boolardy Station, Murchison, WA, August 2016]

Close-up frontal view of an adult male Western Bowerbird (photo courtesy of F. Bongers)
[Alice Springs, NT, October 2011]

Close-up view of the same male Western Bowerbird as shown above, now with its head turned (photo courtesy of F. Bongers); note the purple lining of the pink nuchal crest - something one will only see when getting very close; Spotted Bowerbirds have the same purple lining of their crests
[Alice Springs, NT, October 2011]

Close-up near-lateral portrait of an adult Western Bowerbird (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Boolardy Station, Murchison, WA, August 2016]

Close-up near-lateral view of an adult Western Bowerbird (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Boolardy Station, Murchison, WA, August 2016]

Near-frontal view of a Western Bowerbird (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Gosses Bluff, Tnorala Conservation Reserve, NT, July 2005]

Near-lateral view of a Western Bowerbird on the ground, with a clear view of its nuchal crest (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Gosses Bluff, Tnorala Conservation Reserve, NT, July 2005]

Lateral view of a Western Bowerbird, with a clear view of its nuchal crest (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Gosses Bluff, Tnorala Conservation Reserve, NT, July 2005]

Breeding information

Twitcher's tip

A bower is NOT a nest - it is a male bird's courting alley. Nests, built by female birds, are in fact kept well away from bowers.

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Sedentary/roaming Elementary unit: Solitary

Male birds are sedentary, females are roaming.

Bowers

Male Western Bowerbirds try to attract as many females to their territory, and thus their bower, as they can. The photos below show that Western Bowerbirds appear to prefer having their bowers in more open surroundings than their eastern cousins, the Spotted Bowerbirds, whose bowers are usually found under trees with low branches, such as e.g. Wilga trees.

Frontal view of a bower with trinkets (photo courtesy of F. Bongers)
[Alice Springs, NT, October 2011]

Lateral view of a bower with trinkets (photo courtesy of F. Bongers)

Bower with trinkets (photo courtesy of M. and J. Leculier)
[Alice Springs, NT, July 2006]

Here a different bower, with its owner seen in the background (photo courtesy of M. and J. Leculier)
[Alice Springs, NT, July 2006]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

westbow_jg_20160806_1.mp3 (Central WA) ? © JG
westbow_jg_20160806_2.mp3 (Central WA) ? © JG

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